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Insinuation noun [ Latin insinuatio : confer French insinuation .]


1. The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in.

By a soft insinuation mix'd
With earth's large mass.
Crashaw.

2. The act of gaining favor, affection, or influence, by gentle or artful means; -- formerly used in a good sense, as of friendly influence or interposition. Sir H. Wotton.

I hope through the insinuation of Lord Scarborough to keep them here till further orders.
Lady Cowper.

3. The art or power of gaining good will by a prepossessing manner.

He bad a natural insinuation and address which made him acceptable in the best company.
Clarendon.

4. That which is insinuated; a hint; a suggestion or intimation by distant allusion; as, slander may be conveyed by insinuations .

I scorn your coarse insinuation .
Cowper.

Syn. -- Hint; intimation; suggestion. See Innuendo .

Insinuative adjective [ Confer French insinuatif .]


1. Stealing on or into the confidence or affections; having power to gain favor. "Crafty, insinuative , plausible men." Bp. Reynolds.

2. Using insinuations; giving hints; insinuating; as, insinuative remark.

Insinuator noun [ Latin , an introducer.] One who, or that which, insinuates. De Foe.

Insinuatory adjective Insinuative.

Insipid adjective [ Latin insipidus ; prefix in- not + sapidus savory, from sapere to taste: confer French insipide . See Savor .]


1. Wanting in the qualities which affect the organs of taste; without taste or savor; vapid; tasteless; as, insipid drink or food. Boyle.

2. Wanting in spirit, life, or animation; uninteresting; weak; vapid; flat; dull; heavy; as, an insipid woman; an insipid composition.

Flat, insipid , and ridiculous stuff to him.
South.

But his wit is faint, and his salt, if I may dare to say so, almost insipid .
Dryden.

Syn. -- Tasteless; vapid; dull; spiritless; unanimated; lifeless; flat; stale; pointless; uninteresting.

Insipidity, Insipidness noun [ Confer French insipidité .] The quality or state of being insipid; vapidity. "Dryden's lines shine strongly through the insipidity of Tate's." Pope.

Insipidly adverb In an insipid manner; without taste, life, or spirit; flatly. Locke. Sharp.

Insipience noun [ Latin insipientia : confer Old French insipience .] Want of intelligence; stupidity; folly. [ R.] Blount.

Insipient adjective [ Latin insipiens ; prefix in- not + sapiens wise.] Wanting wisdom; stupid; foolish. [ R.] Clarendon. -- noun An insipient person. [ R.] Fryth.

Insist intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Insisted ; present participle & verbal noun Insisting .] [ French insister , Latin insistere to set foot upon, follow, persist; prefix in- in + sistere to stand, cause to stand. See Stand .]


1. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in , on , or upon . [ R.] Ray.

2. To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent, urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed by on , upon , or that ; as, he insisted on these conditions; he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have money.

Insisting on the old prerogative.
Shak.

Without further insisting on the different tempers of Juvenal and Horace.
Dryden.

Syn. -- Insist , Persist . -- Insist implies some alleged right, as authority or claim. Persist may be from obstinacy alone, and either with or against rights. We insist as against others; we persist in what exclusively relates to ourselves; as, he persisted in that course; he insisted on his friend's adopting it. C. J. Smith.

Insistence noun The quality of insisting, or being urgent or pressing; the act of dwelling upon as of special importance; persistence; urgency.

Insistent adjective [ Latin insistens , -entis , present participle of insistere .]


1. Standing or resting on something; as, an insistent wall. Sir H. Wotton.

2. Insisting; persistent; persevering.

3. (Zoology) See Incumbent .

Insistently adverb In an insistent manner.

Insisture noun A dwelling or standing on something; fixedness; persistence. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Insitiency noun [ Prefix in- not + Latin sitiens , present participle of sitire to be thirsty, from sitis thirst.] Freedom from thirst. [ Obsolete]

The insitiency of a camel for traveling in deserts.
Grew.

Insition noun [ Latin insitio , from inserere , insitum , to sow or plant in, to ingraft; prefix in- in + serere , satum , to sow.] The insertion of a scion in a stock; ingraftment. Ray.

Insnare transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Insnared ; present participle & verbal noun Insnaring .] [ Written also ensnare .]


1. To catch in a snare; to entrap; to take by artificial means. " Insnare a gudgeon." Fenton.

2. To take by wiles, stratagem, or deceit; to involve in difficulties or perplexities; to seduce by artifice; to inveigle; to allure; to entangle.

The insnaring charms
Of love's soft queen.
Glover.

Insnarer noun One who insnares.

Insnarl transitive verb To make into a snarl or knot; to entangle; to snarl. [ Obsolete] Cotgrave.

Insobriety noun [ Prefix in- not + ...obriety : confer French insobriété .] Want of sobriety, moderation, or calmness; intemperance; drunkenness.

Insociability noun [ Confer French insociabilité .] The quality of being insociable; want of sociability; unsociability. [ R.] Bp. Warburton.

Insociable adjective [ Latin insociabilis : confer French insociable . See In- not, and Sociable .]


1. Incapable of being associated, joined, or connected. [ Obsolete]

Lime and wood are insociable .
Sir H. Wotton.

2. Not sociable or companionable; disinclined to social intercourse or conversation; unsociable; taciturn.

This austere insociable life.
Shak.

Insociably adverb Unsociably.

Insociate adjective Not associate; without a companion; single; solitary; recluse. [ Obsolete] "The insociate virgin life." B. Jonson.

Insolate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Insolated ; present participle & verbal noun Insolating .] [ Latin insolatus , past participle of insolare to expose to the sun; prefix in- in + sol the sun.] To dry in, or to expose to, the sun's rays; to ripen or prepare by such exposure. Johnson.

Insolation noun [ Latin insolatio : confer French insolation .]


1. The act or process to exposing to the rays of the sun for the purpose of drying or maturing, as fruits, drugs, etc., or of rendering acid, as vinegar.

2. (Medicine) (a) A sunstroke. (b) Exposure of a patient to the sun's rays; a sun bath.

Insole noun The inside sole of a boot or shoe; also, a loose, thin strip of leather, felt, etc., placed inside the shoe for warmth or ease.

Insolence noun [ French insolence , Latin insolentia . See Insolent .]


1. The quality of being unusual or novel. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

2. The quality of being insolent; pride or haughtiness manifested in contemptuous and overbearing treatment of others; arrogant contempt; brutal impudence.

Flown with insolence and wine.
Milton.

3. Insolent conduct or treatment; insult.

Loaded with fetters and insolences from the soldiers.
Fuller.

Insolence transitive verb To insult. [ Obsolete] Eikon Basilike.

Insolency noun Insolence. [ R.] Evelyn.

Insolent adjective [ French insolent , Latin insolens , -entis , prefix in- not + solens accustomed, present participle of solere to be accustomed.]


1. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual. [ Obsolete]

If one chance to derive any word from the Latin which is insolent to their ears . . . they forthwith make a jest at it.
Pettie.

If any should accuse me of being new or insolent .
Milton.

2. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or disrespectful; saucy; as, an insolent master; an insolent servant. "A paltry, insolent fellow." Shak.

Insolent is he that despiseth in his judgment all other folks as in regard of his value, of his cunning, of his speaking, and of his bearing.
Chaucer.

Can you not see? or will ye not observe . . .
How insolent of late he is become,
How proud, how peremptory?
Shak.

3. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting; as, insolent words or behavior.

Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation.
Macaulay.

Syn. -- Overbearing; insulting; abusive; offensive; saucy; impudent; audacious; pert; impertinent; rude; reproachful; opprobrious. -- Insolent , Insulting . Insolent , in its primitive sense, simply denoted unusual ; and to act insolently was to act in violation of the established rules of social intercourse. He who did this was insolent ; and thus the word became one of the most offensive in our language, indicating gross disregard for the feelings of others. Insulting denotes a personal attack, either in words or actions, indicative either of scorn or triumph. Compare Impertinent , Affront , Impudence .

Insolently adverb In an insolent manner.

Insolidity noun [ Prefix in- not + solidity : confer French insolidité .] Want of solidity; weakness; as, the insolidity of an argument. [ R.] Dr. H. More.

Insolubility noun [ Latin insolubilitas : confer French insolubilité .]


1. The quality or state of being insoluble or not dissolvable, as in a fluid.

2. The quality of being inexplicable or insolvable.

Insoluble adjective [ Latin insolubilis indissoluble, that can not be loosed: confer French insoluble . See In- not, and Soluble , and confer Insolvable .]


1. Not soluble; in capable or difficult of being dissolved, as by a liquid; as, chalk is insoluble in water.

2. Not to be solved or explained; insolvable; as, an insoluble doubt, question, or difficulty.

3. Strong. "An insoluble wall." [ Obsolete] Holland

Insolubleness noun The quality or state of being insoluble; insolubility. Boyle.

Insolvable adjective
1. Not solvable; insoluble; admitting no solution or explanation; as, an insolvable problem or difficulty. I. Watts.

2. Incapable of being paid or discharged, as debts.

3. Not capable of being loosed or disentangled; inextricable. "Bands insolvable ." Pope.

Insolvency noun ; plural Insolvencies (Law) (a) The condition of being insolvent; the state or condition of a person who is insolvent; the condition of one who is unable to pay his debts as they fall due, or in the usual course of trade and business; as, a merchant's insolvency . (b) Insufficiency to discharge all debts of the owner; as, the insolvency of an estate.

Act of insolvency . See Insolvent law under Insolvent , adjective

Insolvent adjective [ Prefix in- not + solvent : confer Old French insolvent .] (Law) (a) Not solvent; not having sufficient estate to pay one's debts; unable to pay one's debts as they fall due, in the ordinary course of trade and business; as, in insolvent debtor. (b) Not sufficient to pay all the debts of the owner; as, an insolvent estate. (c) Relating to persons unable to pay their debts.

Insolvent law , or Act of insolvency , a law affording relief, -- subject to various modifications in different States, -- to insolvent debtors, upon their delivering up their property for the benefit of their creditors. See Bankrupt law , under Bankrupt , adjective

Insolvent noun (Law) One who is insolvent; as insolvent debtor; -- in England, before 1861, especially applied to persons not traders. Bouvier.

Insomnia noun [ Latin , from insomnis sleepless; prefix in- not + somnus sleep.] Want of sleep; inability to sleep; wakefulness; sleeplessness.

Insomnious adjective [ Latin insomniosus , from insomnia insomnia.] Restless; sleepless. Blount.

Insomnolence noun Sleeplessness.

Insomuch adverb So; to such a degree; in such wise; -- followed by that or as , and formerly sometimes by both. Confer Inasmuch .

Insomusch as that field is called . . . Aceldama.
Acts i. 19.

Simonides was an excellent poet, insomuch that he made his fortune by it.
L'Estrange.

Insonorous adjective Not clear or melodious.

Insooth adverb In sooth; truly. [ Archaic]

Insouciance noun [ French] Carelessness; heedlessness; thoughtlessness; unconcern.

Insouciant adjective [ French] Careless; heedless; indifferent; unconcerned. J. S. Mill.

Insoul transitive verb To set a soul in; reflexively, to fix one's strongest affections on. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.

[ He] could not but insoul himself in her.
Feltham.

Inspan transitive verb & i. [ Dutch inspannen .] To yoke or harness, as oxen to a vehicle. [ South Africa]